Journalism Mentor Programme ties up with Martin Luther Christian University for MA and PG Diploma Programme in Journalism
Students of the intensive 14-month Journalism Mentor Programme can now earn a postgraduate diploma and/or an MA degree in Journalism from Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU), Shillong, India. All the credits from the Journalism Mentor Programme will be transferred to MLCU. Those who wish to earn their postgraduate diploma or degree from MLCU will have to do additional course work. For details of the JM – MLCU Programmes, click here.
Martin Luther Christian University was created by Act No. 11 of 2005 of the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya. The University was created under Section 2(f) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, and is empowered to grant degrees under Section 22 of the UGC Act.
Journalism Mentor is an initiative of the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism. It is a 14-month (12 month plus two month internship between and at the end of the programme) intensive programme designed for those who are interested in pursuing journalism as a career. The programme is based on the belief that a good student needs proper mentoring to become a good journalist. The programme involves a complete commitment to learning and practising the calling of journalism for 14 months based on a curriculum that in its breadth, depth and rigour compares with any such programme in the world.
Twenty five (25) students chosen with care after a nation-wide screening will be accepted to become Journalism Mentees. The screening will be conducted by a carefully selected panel of acclaimed journalists. They will be expected to study subjects ranging from history to economics and accounts to anatomy. Writing skills, use of technology and study of viewer/reader behaviour shall also be part of the larger course structure.
The course will exemplify Terence’s dictum humani nihil a me alienum puto, which means there is nothing human that is alien to me, because we believe that for a journalist nothing human can ever be alien. A good journalist is a good generalist. So what is called for is not knowing less, but knowing more and the ability to see the interconnection between different incidents, events and ideas. Journalism Mentor is designed for that.
Journalism Mentor is about learning, research and practical training. It will require the mentees to interact with and discuss ideas with the best and brightest of mentors. And it will require them to read and write and think every day.
Journalism Mentor is not meant for the casual student who looks upon journalism as a career for those without option or for journalism to be a means to stardom, fame or access to power and pelf. It is meant for those who believe that journalism is necessary for democracy and its proper practice ranks alongside other forms of public service that strengthen and deepen democracy.
JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism, the administering body of this programme, is an affiliate member of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication.
JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism is an Institutional Member of International Communication Association, the premier global association of communication researchers.
Journalism Mentor is not a degree granting institution and neither affiliated with any university nor accredited by any institution. Our course material and rigour, however, compares with the best universities in the world. On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. Journalism Mentor has tied up with Martin Luther Christian University whereby students of the Journalism Mentor can have all their credits transferred and do some additional work to get a postgraduate diploma or degree from MLCU. Please do note that there is no statutory requirement for institutions giving post-graduate education in journalism to be accredited. Many leading institutions in India are also not accredited, but they do not mention that on their website or brochure.